Frazier To Have Tuesday Surgery On Foot

Monday evening, Coach Rick Stansbury confirmed the worst fears regarding the status of Winsome Frazier. "He's done for the year," the Bulldog coach said prior to his evening call-in show.

Frazier, Mississippi State's starting two-guard, injured a bone in his foot during the first half of Saturday's victory at Mississippi. The Monday x-ray exam revealed a break that will require surgery Tuesday, when a stabilizing screw will be inserted.

However, some medical professionals are not so sure Frazier's senior year is absolutely finished. Their best-case scenario calls for a standard six-week recovery period, which would have Frazier able to resume working out by late February.

This injury is the same suffered in October, 1995, by Dontae Jones, with the same repair procedure. Jones was able to return to the roster in two months, and as MSU fans recall led the Bulldogs to a SEC Tournament championship and NCAA Final Four berth in 1996.

That was a best-case of the best sort, of course, but there is the possibility of a tournament-time return for Frazier. Stansbury is downplaying such suggestions for now, not wishing to raise hopes too much too soon.

He also has yet to decide who will fill the opening in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game at Tennessee. Stansbury is leaning toward starting either Jamaal Edmondson or Dietric Slater, who took over after Frazier was hurt at Oxford. Edmondson is an outside shooter while Slater is the better defender.

Stansbury also said there is a chance of moving Shane Power to off-guard and starting Ontario Harper at small forward. The decision will wait until after Tuesday's practice, and might not be made until just before gametime as the State staff looks for the best matchup with the Vols.

The Bulldogs leave for Knoxville at 5:30 Tuesday.

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